Jnaneshvar's understanding of the transformative power of Guru's grace, and his brilliance in expressing his understanding, never fail to touch my heart.
Today, what most moved me was the sentence, "At the dawning of the day, the eyes of Self-knowledge are opened, and birds in the form of individual souls leave their nests of identification with the body." This is because one of the greatest gifts that I have received on the Siddha Yoga path is the teaching that my true identity is nothing less than the Self. And one of the greatest blessings I have received from Baba and Gurumayi is the ability, and the courage, to gradually relinquish my "identification with the body," as well as my identification with my mind, my strengths and weaknesses, and my entire personal history. Only in this way were my "eyes of Self-knowledge" able to open to the glorious truth of who I truly am: the Self.
a Siddha Yogi from Oregon, USA
I read Janeshvar's beautiful teaching right after reading Baba's story of "The Bee and The Elephant." From both of these, I saw that Gurumayi is showing me that I have a clear choice. I can waste my precious time indulging in pleasurable pursuits and not reach my aim of Self-realization—or I can concentrate on my spiritual practices and, with Guru's grace, progress towards liberation whilst in this body. I will now redouble my efforts.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for your compassion and wisdom.
a Siddha Yogi from Yeovil, United Kingdom
As I read through Jnaneshvar's beautiful verses, I responded strongly to these words: "…birds in the form of individual souls leave their nests of identification with the body." I sensed my own soul rising up like a bird in flight, and I immediately wanted to praise the Divine through chanting. As soon as I was able to, I sat down to sing the Shiva Mahimna Stotram.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for these beautiful verses by Jnaneshwar, infused with the power of the Guru's grace.
a Siddha Yogi from Illinois, USA
What a precious world of blessings these words bear into existence, revealing the true nature of what has been received from the Guru. These exquisite words draw me toward the truth, recalibrating my mind and heart.
a Siddha Yogi from Marrickville, Australia
I appreciate these beautiful verses from Jnaneshwar Maharaj, who describes so poetically and vividly his experience of the Guru. I keep reading them again and again!
a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA
These verses by Jnaneshwar affirm my own experience that when the Guru awakened my inner shakti
the inner sun had risen. From this teaching, I understand that spiritual unfoldment, like the advancing of the sun, is inevitable! Each stage will naturally take place, as I keep engaging with the Siddha Yoga practices and the Guru’s teachings.
a Siddha Yogi from Washington, USA
I love the way Jnaneshwar illustrates his beautiful message with elements of nature—the sun, the lotus, the bird, and the bee. He evokes nature in all her lusciousness and reminds me that I, too, am part of her.
Thanks to this passage, I see that in meditation the sense of my individual soul with its current preoccupations does mysteriously seem to fly away—like a bird—as my mind quiets, and I ease into the awareness of the Self. It is amazing how real the preoccupations can seem—and then dissolve in an instant into a higher reality.
During my workday, I can remember Jnaneshwar's striking imagery to lovingly bring myself back to my meditation experience.
Praise be to the Guru—to Baba who first appeared to me as the "resplendent sun," and to Gurumayi who continues dispelling the "illusion of the universe" through her ongoing guidance.
We are so fortunate.
a Siddha Yogi from Ohio, USA
I’m very grateful for these beautiful words of tribute to the Guru. Through the Guru’s grace over many years of sadhana
, the “lotus of nonduality” has begun to “unfold its petals” in my being.
As I’ve studied the Guru’s teachings and engaged in the grace-filled practices, more and more I’m able to see beyond the barrier of “me, my, and mine,” to see the same Self in all.
I bow to Shri Guru, “that resplendent sun,” whose rays bring light to my life.
a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA